I'm not sure that this is true.greendwarf wrote:Thinking more about this, I'm still alarmed at the "worn springs" suggestion. I've heard of "broken" springs but never "worn", as the physical nature of a spring is that it can only really become weakened by over-extension (impossible on a car) and never by excessive compression when acting as a shock absorber. Yes dampers do wear out and very occasionally so do bushes but I have only had this problem once in years of motoring. Given the general reluctance of Mitsu to repair anything under warranty I doubt the OP actually had the springs changed unless it is easier/cheaper to do this when replacing a faulty damper by putting in an entire new strut assembly.
As far as I can see from an example on ebay the car has trailing arm suspension with Macpherson struts which seem to involve a number of bushed joints - so difficult to know which are being referred to, but I don't recall anyone having this problem on this forum. Therefore, not sure that this can be described is a well known issue with the PHEV.
When working for the Navy, I had to buy some valve springs.
The particular engine was no longer being manufactured, and we had no spares.
Because we had no technical data on the spring, we requested the return of some springs from one facility that still had some in stock, so that we could get new ones manufactured 'by sample'.
After distributing the newly made valve springs, we immediately received a flood of complaints because we were sending out 'worn out springs'.
It turned out that the repair facility, had supplied 'worn out' springs to us to use as a sample, rather then release their precious spares...
I also had to replace the 'worn out' coil springs on my twenty year old car, because they were no longer able to keep the car at the appropriate height. (i.e. had weakened over time)